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INTERACTION IS THE ART

Yesterday I read in the Dayton Daily News about the newest special exhibition at the Dayton Art Institute. The show is titled “Into the Ether: Contemporary Light Artists” and is the first of five exhibitions, each one focusing on one of the elements (air, earth, fire, water, and in this case, ether).

What struck me was a comment made by one of the artists, Daniel Rozin, who teaches at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. Referring to his work as a light artist, he commented: “It’s important to understand that the art is not necessarily the object. The art is the moment of the interaction.”

While Rozin goes on to say that this is unique to interactive art and not to painting, and by extension other forms of 2D art, I am not sure I agree.

My collages are art, of course, just as my painter friends’ paintings are art. However, they also exist in the dimension of experience, specifically, the viewer’s experience or interaction with the piece of art, no matter the media. Is not that communication also part of the art? It’s something to ponder.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WORKS FOR ARTISTS!

One of my favorite art collectors approached me a couple of weeks ago and asked me: “Do you know that Montgomery County’s Office of Community and Economic Development has a special section for artists?  He showed me on his phone and by gosh, there it was!

Montgomery County, Ohio for many years has been a leader in supporting the arts, providing grants for artists in many disciplines. Due to budget issues, these grants are on hiatus, but this new app could be very helpful. Take a look: http://www.businessfirstdaytonregion.com/. Go to Tools For Your Business-top left, then select on bottom right “See more” and you will see The Business of Art.

Take a look, because, as my husband noted in this image he sent to me:

Artists get lots of attention in Dayton!

Opened the arts section of the Sunday Dayton Daily News to see lots of my artist friends featured. This is great! Painter Carol Stoops has a feature article; photographer Doug McLarty also; Andy Snow, another of Dayton’s talented photographers is on the cover page; and Bing Davis and Tess Little are lauded for the 20th anniversary of REACH across Dayton, which they created. Doesn’t get much better than that. I am so proud to know all these awesome artists!

The art in smart

Just a thought for today: Supporters of art are movers and shakers, which is why ART is the foundation of SMART!

Some New Year’s Thoughts 2011

Art is life-giving.

It’s an intangible. How can you explain to someone who has never experienced the power of an original piece of work, something that has sprung from the thought of one human being, brought into existence due to that person’s trials and errors, sweat, mental anguish, trying to get it right, to make physical that which he or she sees in the mind’s eye? Art adds life – to the walls of your home, your cubicle at work, your city parks, the very roadways you travel – breath and thought and feeling and connection, a communication offered from the artist to you.

It was a difficult year, 2010. Many of us felt the negatives of an economy sliding downhill, jobs moving in not equal to the companies moving out, the broad sweep of cuts to the arts because funds are stretched to the nth degree just to cover the most basic of services. Hard decisions have had to be made. We all want to live in a community with plenty of recreational opportunities and cultural offerings. Most of us realize that in our current world we must get creative to provide those amenities when our cities are pushing to fill empty buildings, entice new enterprise, appeal to and keep our young adult residents.

This is why we need the life sustaining power of art more than ever, and it is also why it is time for those of us who live and breathe and work in the arts to do more – I know, I know, we all are always being asked to do more – but small things can truly add up to big accomplishments. There is strength in numbers, and while competition is healthy, there really is great power in collaboration.

Dayton, Ohio, where I live and work,  is remarkable in its offerings in the arts; it has more than most cities its size (a provable statistic by the way). We have more talented professional artists than most, we have fine galleries that could use more traffic and support, and we have an art institute that rivals those of many larger metropolitan areas. Dayton has been blessed by the philanthropy of past citizens who loved this city and its people; we are still enjoying the fruits of that generosity today. Moreover, we are charged with living up to that legacy. We need to, now more than ever before.

Creative Play

It’s a beautiful morning in Dayton, the sun is shining and I just finished chatting with my neighbor Brenda and her cuddly Akita Sophie (who just had ACL surgery, though she is not a soccer playing dog). Sophie is the kind of pooch I would love to snuggle up and take a nap with for an afternoon; she is a sweetheart. Being an Akita her aggressive tendencies sometimes emerge with other big dogs; this use to happen with my dear chocolate Lab Maxine. Max was so mellow that when Sophie got pushy Max just stood there looking puzzled! Both are (and were, as my sweet Max is no longer with us) loving and loyal canines.

Well, that digression is not the point of this morning’s post. Mostly I am delaying my pressing work of the morning, which is grading art history posts from one of my classes. Actually I want to relay the value of CREATIVE PLAY, because I hosted a workshop on Saturday at the Dayton Art Institute in conjunction with one of their current exhibitions: All Things Bright and Beautiful, the California Impressionists.

Eleven eager folks joined me for a full morning playing and creating with paper. First we strolled through the exhibition observing the vibrant paintings of Guy Rose, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond, Anna Hills, John Gamble and many others, then we returned to the studio where I demonstrated my collage technique. Everyone went to work seeing what exciting things the paper would do. We had a wonderful morning! My students’ collages were colorful, textural, imaginative, individual, and wonderful! I encourage all of you to engage in some creative play!

Sacred Ground Art Exhibit

Good morning! For those of you in the Dayton Ohio area, I want to alert you to an exhibition opening on March 27, 2010 and running through May 2nd. The exhibition is called SACRED GROUND. Hosted by the Marianist Envirionmental Education Center on the grounds of Mount St. John – many of you locals know this place as Bergamo – this year’s show explores the gift of land as a place to encounter the sacred, and the values that ground us in caring for the land. (I lifted this last part directly from their brochure).

The OPENING RECEPTION is Saturday, March 27 from 2-5 pm at Gallery St. John, which is there on the grounds. There you can meet the artists and writers involved in the exhibition and enjoy music and refreshments.

There are a number of events connected with this exhibition, so I am providing a link to MEEC’s website: http://meec.udayton.edu. If you are concerned about the viability of our natural world and our human connection to it, check it out! I hope to see you.

Art, collage, sacred places, and ?

Well, I am taking a little break here from grading art papers to write a quick post. Making art is my joy and my job, but I also teach, so art history papers are a priority at the moment! I did manage, however, to create a couple of new collages for an exhibition to open later this month. Sacred Ground is all about the land as sacred space and the exhibition opens at the Marianist Environmental Education Center in Beavercreek, Ohio. I will post more information soon, and at an earlier time of day! It’s late at night at the moment, so I am bidding goodnight!

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

I ran into the director of our local arts fund raising organization today at the Second Street Market in Dayton (which, by the way, is a destination worth frequenting for great food, produce, flowers, seafood, handcrafted items, fresh meats, tremendous breads and baked goods, entertainment, and people-watching), and she told me that this year’s campaign has been extended to August and that so far, funds raised are behind last year.

Cultureworks is an umbrella organization that raises money for our large, medium, and small arts groups in Dayton – and we have a blessing of many wonderful arts groups – and then distributes the money to the groups. This allows folks to support many organizations with just one donation.

Dayton has been hard hit this year, with four of five GM plants closing and an unemployment rate higher than the national average. In addition, some of our major corporate funders have left town. We have here more really fine cultural groups than most cities our size, many of which have national and international reputations. Our home grown performing artists are tres excellent, and out of town artists love to perform here because of Dayton’s knowledgeable, appreciative audiences, as well as the fact that visiting artists are welcomed with open arms, and truly, although it seems cliche, feel the love…

We have great galleries and a huge pool of talented visual artists, and organizations to support them too. Our philharmonic and ballet are two of the oldest in the country, and they are surrounded by numerous smaller musical and dance ensembles who represent an array of genres. So you can see that I am a cheerleader for our arts community, and it is a really exceptional community.

HOWEVER, in this current economic downtown, the moneys that our groups need to survive is dwindling, and so I am making a plea. If anyone who reads this blog would simply send $5 to Cultureworks, and then forward this plea to a friend, perhaps we can make up some of the deficit.

I can’t stress enough how important the arts are to quality of life. If you visited the Cityfolk Festival in Dayton last night, you would see just how popular that one music festival is in our community. And it’s just one. We have so much more that we must hang onto.

SO,  here is the address for Cultureworks: 126 NORTH MAIN STREET, SUITE 210, DAYTON, OHIO 45402-1766. Their website: www.cultureworks.org

PLEASE CONSIDER SENDING JUST FIVE BUCKS. EMAIL A FRIEND. ASK THEM TO DO THE SAME. Maybe you can copy me too. We need your help. And, THANKS.

To those of you in other cities, consider supporting your own community arts groups, although we’ll thankfully accept your donations too.